May 17, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 22


Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 22

Personal Info:

We are collecting our plastic trash for all of 2011. Read about our family on my Week 1 post.

Danielle’s personal blog:

Total items: 13

Total weight: 5.6 oz

Items: Recyclable
1 bucket (#2)
1 container from chevre (#5)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 pretzel bag
2 gardein packages
1 smart dog package
2 milk jug caps
3 milk cap rings
1 tube cap (from tomato paste)
1 wrapping (from ketchup in glass)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I’ve been buying tomato paste in a glass jar. The tube that I had was hidden away in my fridge!

Chevre: Since September, I’ve been taking my own containers to the farmers market for goat cheese… the following week he brings them back for me filled with whatever I requested. He wishes more people would bring their own containers! Oh… The reason I have this container is that we were out of town so I missed the farmers market the week before. (Yes, I caved.)

Bucket: I’ve had this bucket for probably 10 years! We pick loads of strawberries and I bought it from the strawberry farm. It finally broke when I was going to wash some berries and the handle broke out when the plastic cracked. Oh well. I won’t be purchasing any new buckets. Last time we went strawberry picking, I used a box (similar to what a flat of strawberries comes in).

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
We hadn’t had pretzels in a long time. I’m wondering if I can make pretzels.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Skipping the pretzels. They were a treat ;)

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
When my bucket broke and my strawberries tumbled out all over my kitchen floor, I immediately thought of Captain Charles Moore and him saying, “Refuse that plastic junk. I mean, it’s just going to break and make you pissed off anyway.” He’s right you know.

2 Responses to “Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 22”

  1. Danielle says:

    Sweet! Thanks Beth!!

  2. Beth Terry says:

    I just bought a metal bucket for watering my garden. It sounds like you don’t need any bucket for strawberry picking, but if you ever do need to replace your bucket, metal is the way to go. This is the one I got: